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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Second Corinthians

, 1987


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Although Corinth was an ancient Greek city, it had been totally destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC, and the site lay unused for about a hundred years. It was then rebuilt by Julius Caesar as a Roman city and became the seat of government of the Roman province of Achaia. Like most major cities of the ancient world it contained a considerable number of Jews. It was among these that Paul, in accordance with his normal practice, began his mission (Acts 18:4). Corinth is often described as an exceptionally licentious city, but most of the evidence for this relates to the earlier Greek city and not to the Roman. In Paul's day it was probably no worse or no better than any large cosmopolitan area. While some passages in First Corinthians refer to its sexual immorality, this is not an important factor in Second Corinthians. What Paul writes in this letter has little to do with immediate local and external circumstances but much with the internal life of the Christian community in Corinth.

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The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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  • Title: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Second Corinthians
  • Author: Ernest Best
  • Publisher: John Knox Press
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 142
Ernest Best

Ernest Best (1917–2004) was professor of divinity and biblical criticism at the University of Glasgow. Best first studied mathematics and then divinity at Queen’s University. After earning his Ph.D. in 1948, Best started ministering in Northern Ireland. He is the author of From Text to Sermon and A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Ephesians.


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